RUSS DOTY (Initiative Author & Website Developer)
Russ Doty was born in Great Falls, Montana, grew up there and attended Montana State University (Bozeman) and the University of Montana (Missoula), where he earned a Masters’ Degree in Political Science.
Russ served in the Montana House of Representatives from 1967-9 and as council to the Montana Public Service Commission from 1975-6. He retired from the Western Area Office of the US Postal Service in 2004 and returned to Montana for 9 years, where he volunteered as Chair of the Billings, Montana, Energy Conservation Commission and served as CEO/General Council of New World WindPower, LLC, a position he is now retired from.
In 2013, he moved to Greeley, Colorado, but remained active in Montana (one of three states he is licensed to practice law in) as pro bono attorney in a case to require NorthWestern Energy to install LED street lighting to save more than 50% of the energy used to light our roads and to pay for it by reducing street lighting overcharges being assessed Montana communities and their taxpayers.
A geothermal system heats his home and Xcel Energy pays 9 cents a kWh for the production from its solar collector while allowing net-metering–for a total benefit of 20 cents a kWh.
While recovering successfully from a recent stroke, a confirmation that his time is limited, he refocused by writing this Initiative and creating this MTcares website as part of his personal commitment to help mitigate looming problems associated with global warming in this state he owes so much to. If you are willing to help him, please click here.
Steven W. Running, Regents Professor, Forest Ecology, College of Forestry & Conservation at the University of Montana, is supporting the 80% by 2050 initiative and has agreed to review climate science posted on this site for correctness.
Wikipedia indicates he is Director of the Numerical Terradynamics Simulation Group, which:
is responsible for developing the earth observing-oriented algorithms used by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on board NASA’s satellites, Terra and Aqua. He continues to be the lead investigator on this project. Running’s MOD17 algorithms are used to provide accurate and continuous global monitoring of the terrestrial biosphere, specifically, generating near-real-time data sets for repeated monitoring of vegetation primary production on vegetated land at 1-km resolution at 8-day intervals. These datasets are unique in that they provide global data on primary productivity and span a decade.
A recognized expert in global ecosystem monitoring, Running was invited to serve on the board of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In 2007, the IPCC was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about human-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change”. Running made the following statement about winning the prize: “We’ve got to get past all the petty bickering and get to work. This is about a big transition for society over the next 50 years. The path we are on is unsustainable. What the Nobel committee is saying is that we’ve got to wake up. We’ve got to change the course of the whole world.”
If you are willing to join Dr. Running in supporting this initiative, please click here.
Incorporators & Directors of MTcares include:
Rev. John & Donna Soderberg, Bozeman. (John & Donna retired in October 2016 as directors and are moving to be with their daughter in Virginia.)
Donna Soderberg is a mother to three and grandmother to five. She was raised in Miles City. Retired, her employment included medical technologist with a mid-life career change to mental health therapist. From a lifetime of love for her family and her clients of all ages, she is committed to caring for future generations.
John Soderberg was a United Methodist pastor and both a hospital, and a business-industrial chaplain. Raised in Glendive, he served churches in Roundup, Grass Range and Winnett, in Fort Benton and Carter, Bozeman and Billings. He understands the importance of caring for creation from a ranching, farming, and urban perspective.
Sister Marya Grathwohl, OSF, Sisters Of Saint Francis
An Oldenburg Franciscan Sister since 1963, Marya Grathwohl lived for over thirty years in African American, Crow and Northern Cheyenne communities. While serving on her congregation’s leadership team, she initiated the revitalization of her community’s farm in Indiana, integrating natural farming methods with vegetable gardens, chickens, and heritage breed cattle.
As founding director of Earth Hope, she was consultant for a women’s center in Northern Cheyenne country. There, Marya developed wind and solar energy, ground-source heating and cooling, a greenhouse, and native prairie restoration.
Earth Hope provides a popular class for use in jails and prisons in California, New York, and Missouri where participants study the 14 billion year story of the Universe. Through story, science, art, and guided imagery inmates discover their profound connection with all creation and other people. This helps them to develop appropriate self-esteem and to learn to make positive choices.
Marya also offers retreats, workshops, and lectures that enliven peoples’ heartfelt connection with the whole Earth community and nourish their commitment to care for our common home.
Pam Ellis, Treasurer
Pam Ellis is a retired educator who taught at an International school in Surabaya on the US land of Java before retiring to the coast of Bali for four years. She is an active volunteer who served on the Billings School Board. Pam and her husband Robert now live and play in Billings and Red Lodge. Her picture includes the view from the living room window of her new Luther home .
John Hoffland, Statewide Signature Gathering Coordinator
John Hoffland has a long-abiding interest in the natural world as well as social and economic justice. He received a Masters degree in environmental studies from the University of Montana in 1991. While in Missoula, he worked as the coordinator of the Landbird Monitoring Project for UM and the US Forest Service. The project looked primarily at the effects of human management activities on avian populations over the northern Rockies.
Upon moving to Helena in 1999, John served as the produce manager of the Real Food Market. In addition to the joys of working with fresh fruits and veggies, he also gained an appreciation for the hard work of local organic producers and a greater understanding of the reliance of agriculture on the natural environment, including climate.
After eight years at the state as a Medicaid program officer, John is currently semi-retired (sort of), working half-time for the local Area Agency on Aging. He looks forward to helping get the 80% by 2050 Initiative passed; and hopefully get in plenty of cross-country skiing this winter – let it snow!
Information on other team members will be added here as this site is developed.
ADDITIONAL INFOMATION FROM PETITION SIGNATURE COORDINATORS:
Gallatin County co-coordinator, Christopher Thompson, said I “wanted to pass on a free course I recently completed that was very informative on the subject of Climate Change denial, ‘Making Sense of Climate Science Denial.’“
Christopher also suggests folks view NASA “Images of Change link”
To show you welcome the transition to 80% renewable electricity by 2050, please click HERE and sign to let us know you will support this ballot initiative by also signing the paper version when it becomes available for signing.
Page last updated 1/14/2016